OAKVILLE, Ontario-Ellsworth Alfred ``Al'' Gisel, former executive director of the Western Canadian Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association, died June 10 in his son's home in Oakville from an undisclosed cause. He was 88. Mr. Gisel, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, worked for Goodyear from 1936 until 1972 when he retired as the district manager in Manitoba.
While with Goodyear, he left the company for three years during World War II to serve in the air force.
In 1974, Mr. Gisel began a 10-year career as executive director and secretary of the WCTDRA.
He is survived by two sons and four grandchildren.
Thomas E. Hayes
COVINGTON, Ga.-Covington Tire Distributors Inc. owner, Thomas E. Hayes, died of a brain tumor April 7 in Newton General Hospital in Covington. He was 75.
Besides the tire business, which Mr. Hayes opened in 1984, he owned and operated an automobile dealership, a farm equipment store, a cattle farm and, until about eight years ago, a furniture store.
Mr. Hayes also founded and operated Covington Tire Service Inc. from 1952 to 1975.
A member of the Georgia Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association, Mr. Hayes is survived by his wife, Robbie Lee; a son; two daughters; and five grandchildren.
Robert E. Jordan
BONSALL, Calif.-Robert E. Jordan, 68, founder of Midland Tire Supply Inc. in Indianapolis, died July 30 in his Bonsall home after a long illness.
Mr. Jordan opened Midland Tire Supply in 1960 and ran it until his death. He was also a founding member of the Indiana Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association and a supplier member.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia; a son; a daughter; and three grandchildren.
Everett Ray Poe
ATLANTA-Everett Ray Poe, Southeast regional sales manager for Hankook Tire America Corp., died July 17 in Piedmont Hospital, Atlanta, after suffering a heart attack. He was 63.
Mr. Poe joined Hankook in 1986 and was instrumental in building the company's southeast region. He was the company's top salesman from 1988 to 1992, winning its first ``Salesman of the Year'' award in 1992.
His career in the tire industry lasted nearly 35 years, according to the company. Before joining Hankook, he was national sales manager for Palmer Tire in Macon, Ga.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley, a daughter and four stepchildren.
Fred J. Smith
PALM SPRINGS, Calif.-Fred J. Smith, former president of Five Brothers Inc., died of a stroke July 24 in a Palm Springs hospital. He was 87.
A resident of Palm Desert, Mr. Smith began his tire industry career as a store manager for Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. during the 1930s. In the early 1940s, he and Art Kistler opened Smith and Kistler, a truck tire and fuel service business in Montebello, Calif.
Mr. Smith bought out Mr. Kistler around 1946 and then encouraged his brothers, Bill, Marty, Ezra and Del, to join him in the business in 1947. When the business was incorporated around 1950, it took on the name Five Brothers Inc.
In 1979, the brothers sold the company to a group that included Bill Smith's son, Michael, who remains part-owner of Five Brothers.
Mr. Smith is survived by a son, two daughters and his four brothers.